Thanks for the input everybody. I would love to go cuben on this one and I am really intrigued by Acer's setup. I have been considering making some shorter dogbones for the RR, just to test it out with a smaller suspension triangle.
But economics may lead me to get a BMJ. I may ask Brandon to make the panel pulls 80" to match the RR, but probably not. I would be looking to upgrade to cuben in a couple years at which time I would want to sell the BMJ and it would probably sell quicker if it were unaltered...
I bought the cloud burst. the RR doesn't have a ridge line and the CB has two rings on the bottom side so you can hang a light.
Has anyone tried the OES Four Season 10' X 12' tarp with their Ridgerunner? I am on the fence regarding what tarp to get as well. Here in Florida the larger tarps are handy with the wind and rain when island camping out of a sea kayak. In the summer many of us use them as massive wind "chutes" to funnel the sea breeze around the hammock.
Thanks for the pic of the Toxaway. I have that but left it at home for the Florida hang. I wasn't sure how it'd work and hadn't had time to test at before I left. I took my JRB 11x10 and boy, talk about coverage. I could keep an army under there. I had a good 2' of coverage on either end and more than enough on the sides. It made it a little hard on one side since I was running into the palmetto brush but it worked well enough.
Unfortunately I left my trekking poles at home. I wish I could've setup in porch mode so you could get a better idea about the amount of end-to-end coverage. Here's the best I have.
I've used my Etowah Outfitters 10x12 rectangle silnylon tarp with my RidgeRunner, hung with a 12' ridgeline. Nice coverage but a bit narrower than the RR's suspension triangles.
As for width and room under the tarp, I opted to insert some cheapo flexible tent poles underneath the tarp and those provided enough interior Width for most activities - even when pitched low - ala 'storm-mode'.
For porchmode I just un-stake one side, insert my hiking poles under the tarp edge, then re-stake the side. Works great! FYI: these are the tent poles from wallyworld's 2-person dome tent, retails about $40, purchased onsale ~$25. No i've never setup the tent
I'll continue experimenting with this and eventually purchase some carbon fiber poles. Then add a small gorssgrain loop with a grommet to the four tarp tieouts where the poles are -to secure the poles into at the tarp's edges. For me - not a distance hiker- the tarp-pole mod is less fiddly than using removable side pullouts provided by several of our HF vendors.
In the end, I'll most likely purchase a cuben tarp to offset other weight... A 13+' ridgeline, in cuben, would be ideal for the RR (and the JRB bridge) and allow a rectangular shaped tarp 's corners to be folded-in like doors.
I'm still a noob; but Hickery taught me the secret to using a tarp's 'doors' (either built-in or folded rectangle's corners).
 suspend the ridgeline,
 clip the two corners together at each end - before setting any side tieouts!
 stake-down those 2 end clips until the rest of your guylines are positioned.
So Simple this caveman had not even thought of it yet! Thanks Hickery!
Not a great photo but shows the poles Not in porchmode (Buck Lake Sunrise, FF3 2013):
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